Welcome to Thames Valley Property Awards 2016
Welcoming more than 500 guests to the event, David Murray, publisher of The Business Magazine, said the popularity of the event was “a testament to the vibrancy of the local property sector – and the wealth of professional talent among the agents, developers, planners, consultants, property lawyers and dealmakers who work in the sector and operate in this region.”
Thanking the Thames Valley Property Awards sponsors – Barton Willmore, Haslams, Hicks Baker, Jansons Property, Jelf, McKay Securities, Morgan Lovell, NatWest, Pegasus Group, Peter Brett Associates, Pitmans, Romans Group, SEGRO, and Vail Williams – Murray noted Thames Valley dynamism of the past year:
Regeneration underway in key towns, major inbound business relocations, buoyant housebuilding, ‘agile’ workstyles transforming office space, and Thames Valley office enquiries in Q1 2016 at their highest-ever level.
“Quite simply, this night is a celebration of all that’s best in Thames Valley property – both commercial and residential – and a recognition of some of the key deals, developments, firms and people of the previous year.”
Matthew Battle, chairman of UK Property Forums, who chaired the judging panel, added: “The strength of the entries suggests that – despite worries over the EU referendum – the property sector is buoyant. As the economy grows, so does the amount of new speculative development in the region, and the occupier demand for quality Grade A space.”
Two new award categories were introduced on the night: Regeneration Project of the Year; and Commercial Property Consultancy – Client Service Award.
Guest presenter for the evening was commentator, TV presenter and former England cricket team captain David Gower, of which the Daily Express once wrote: ‘. . . it’s difficult to be more laid-back without being comatose.’
One certain winner on the night was the event’s charity partner, the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, currently building Berkshire’s first purpose-designed children’s hospice in Maidenhead. Work started last September, with home secretary Theresa May and Sir Michael Parkinson at the groundbreaking ceremony.
Table donations from guests, encouraged by a prize draw donated by Ascot Racecourse for two tickets at the Sandringham Restaurant for Royal Ascot on June 14, raised an impressive £7,742.64 for the charity.